New on F&O

Happy Monday, world. Here’s our lineup of new work on Facts and Opinions: In Arts: The Fan Dancer: Sally Rand. By Brian Brennan (subscription required*) My assignment was to interview a 71-year-old grandmother who danced nude while waving a couple of big

Ethics, journalism and junk media

I worked with Stephen Ward a lifetime ago, at The Canadian Press news service in Halifax. A philosopher by education, he took journalism seriously, and went on to a career of thinking, writing about, and graduate-level teaching in the field. He has now

Universities in Crisis: a series

Jim McNiven wraps up his three-part series The Future of the Global University System (public access) with thoughts on Globalizing Access to Higher Education. An excerpt: Let’s take a tour d’horizon of what seem to be the relevant pieces of the situation outlined in

We can climb out of the hole we’ve dug: Wood

“It’s one of those authorless pieces of universal wisdom: When you find yourself at the bottom of a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging,” writes Chris Wood. We have dug ourselves to the bottom of a hole — but there

Stop Digging!

CHRIS WOOD: NATURAL SECURITY  August 1, 2014     It’s one of those authorless pieces of universal wisdom: When you find yourself at the bottom of a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. In my last installment in this space, I

Brennan’s Brief Encounter with Sally Rand, Fan Dancer

Fan dancer Sally Rand was still dancing nude on stage with her trademark ostrich-feather fans when she was in her 70s. In his new time capsule piece, Arts columnist Brian Brennan recalls that she wouldn’t dance while the television cameras were rolling.

Who is a journalist? What is journalism?

STEPHEN J.A. WARDAugust, 2014 The ‘democratization’ of media – technology that allows citizens to engage in journalism and publication of many kinds – blurs the identity of journalists and the idea of what constitutes journalism. In the previous century, journalists were a

Findings: the skinny on UV

Artist Thomas Leveritt filmed people’s faces with regular and ultraviolet light; the startling result reveals freckles and damage within layers of skin invisible to the naked eye. Leveritt tweeted, “We showed people what they looked like in ultraviolet, & wondered aloud if

The Fan Dancer: Sally Rand

 BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERSAugust, 2014  My assignment was to interview a 71-year-old grandmother who danced nude while waving a couple of big white ostrich-feather fans like the veils of Salome. She had been a star in 1933 when she created a sensation

China’s latest Cultural Revolution underway — Manthorpe

China’s constant sensitivity about its international image has intensified as Beijing flexes its muscles as a growing world power, writes International Affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe. An excerpt of his new column, China’s Xi launches his own Cultural Revolution: Xi Jinping is not content with being